TAYLOR MAC IS THE LIVING EMBODIMENT OF THEATRICAL EXPERIMENTATION. Equal parts playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, and occasional director and producer, his works range from solo pieces, to interactive works for young audiences, to the Obie-winning, 40-person, five-hour, five-act fantasy epic The Lily’s Revenge. Naturally, Mac’s next step was to write an intimate family drama. He called it Hir, and it’s premiering at Magic Theatre through Feb. 23.
While The Lily’s Revenge (staged at the Magic in 2011) was inspired by antigay marriage agendas, Hir takes on issues of shifting gender and social norms with an eye toward those who are learning to accept change. Isaac, discharged from the Marines, comes home to deal with his sick father, his newly radicalized mother and his transgender sibling. Directed by performance artist Niegel Smith and featuring Tony nominee Nancy Opel, Hir also boasts the talents of Jax Jackson, the first openly transgender performer to perform at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, in the title role.